Boston • The governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire said Friday they're optimistic the long-running dispute that has hobbled a New England supermarket chain will be resolved, perhaps as soon as this weekend, with an agreement to sell the company to its ousted CEO.
In a joint statement issued late Friday, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan said they expect the company will restore Arthur T. Demoulas to "operating authority" on an interim basis, pending completion of the sale.
The governors, who have been briefed by all parties involved in the dispute, said they are hopeful employees will return to work and stores will reopen early next week.